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A is for Ape
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suggestions to present letter A (long a sound).
Animals > Mammals > Ape > Endangered > Rainforest >
An ape is a mammal in the
group of primates, which includes chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas,
and orangutans. Apes do not have tails. They have very
flexile hands and feet. Apes live in the forests in Africa
and Asia. Apes are endangered animals.
Review the apes theme
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Alphabet Activity > Letter
A is for Ape (long a sound)
Present and display this
cute letter A color
poster of an ape. Distribute your option of letter A alphabet
printable materials listed in the materials column.
Children Age 3 and under:
a letter A coloring page in standard
block or D'Nealian
and an ape
coloring page image behind it or on a separate page if using paints
to decorate later. Discuss other letter A words found on the worksheet.
* Finger Tracing:
Trace letter A's in upper and lower case with your finger as you
also sound out the letter. Invite the children to do the
same on their coloring page.
* Children can trace and color the letter A's. After completing
coloring the letter, encourage children to color the ape
image. Write the word ape on the finished coloring
Ages 3+ to 6:
Alphabet - beginning letter A sound (short sound)
1. Present the
Letter A Activity Worksheet and Mini Book program.
Read suggested instructions for using the worksheet
Letter A words: The worksheet and matching mini-book can be used as part of Letter
A program of activities
to reinforce letter practice and to identify related A words.
* Finger and Pencil Tracing:
*Trace letter A's in upper and lower case with your finger as you also sound out the
letter. Invite the children to do the same on their worksheet. Encourage the children to trace the dotted letter
with your choice of sharpened crayon, fine tip marker, coloring or regular pencil
and demonstrate the direction of the arrows and numbers that help them trace the
letter correctly. During the demonstration, you may want to
count out loud as you trace so children become aware of how the number
order aids them in the writing process.
*Find the letter A's: Have the children find all the
letter A's in upper and lower case on the page and encourage them to circle
or trace/shade them first. Visit each child to make sure they
have identified the letter A's and then discuss the locations with the
worksheet / coloring page.
Discuss other letter A words and images: First 'brainstorm' and
ask the children about other words that have that beginning sound and
write them on a board (dry erase board) as the children come up with
example. You can print letter A in a different bright color to
make it stand out. If you have illustrated alphabet books you
can also use images in them. You can also display other A posters and
coloring pages or even make a letter A classroom book using coloring
images or color posters. Visit Letter
Printable Materials to make your choice.
Advanced Handwriting Practice:
1. Print your choice of printable
lined-paper. Have children draw an ape behind the lined
paper or select and print an ape coloring page
to color and decorate and writing practice.
2. Drawing and writing paper: encourage children to draw
and color an ape in the rainforest | jungle and practice writing
letter A a.